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2017 Ice cream Awards - entries open

THE TWENTY FIRST NEW ZEALAND ICE CREAM AWARDS are to be judged in AUCKLAND from MONDAY, 1 MAY 2017. The Ice Cream Awards which were instituted in 1997 are being held again this year. The specific objective of the Awards is the raising of standards and promoting the quality of New Zealand Ice Cream. The results will be announced at the Gala Awards Dinner in Auckland on Friday, 26 May 2017 which is also the 90 years celebration of the Association. ... more

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Meyer Gouda Cheese - The Best of the Best at NZ Champions of Cheese Awards

A second generation cheese making family with Dutch origins, Meyer Gouda Cheese has impressed local and international judges to secure the country’s top prize for cheesemaking. Highly commended for their traditional Dutch style cheeses, this year it is the Meyer’s innovation with new cheeses that has set them apart from the hundreds of entries submitted for judging. Picking up a slew of medals and four category Champion Awards, Meyer Gouda Cheese also collected the coveted ... more

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Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards finalists announced

The Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards has assessed 57 producers as Finalists in its inaugural awards. A panel of 10 expert food judges tasted more than 150 products from 82 growers, farmers and crafted producers in early March 2017 at the Fresh Factory in Auckland. Finalists span the range of kiwi produce from primary products such as tomatoes from T & G Global, Curious Croppers and Farm Eighty4, seafood from Cloudy Bay Clams and Keewai, dairy such as buffalo milk products from ... more

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Muffin Break and Jamaica Blue Cafés lift the bar with national barista competition

Muffin Break and Jamaica Blue baristas nationwide have pitted their skills against their peers in the brands’ national coffee competition. Giving local baristas the chance to showcase their skills nationwide, it’s the brands’ first national barista competition in more than five years. Muffin Break and Jamaica Blue national operations manager Jon Hassall says the competition shows the brands’ commitment to quality. “We offer ongoing support to our ... more

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Harbourside season pick for cruise passengers

Royal Caribbean International’s Travelling Corporate Chef, David Reihana, has named Harbourside’s Seafood Platter as the top pick for discerning passengers to try in Auckland Harbourside’s Head Chef Thomas Barta thoroughly impressed Royal Caribbean’s Travelling Corporate Chef David Reihana during the weekend with his Ovation of the Seas inspired Seafood Platter with its outstanding presentation and ocean of flavours. It has now been named this season’s must ... more

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Annies wins at Munch Awards

Annies, a subsidiary of Kono NZ, are excited to announce that their fruit bars have been named as the Best Kids Food Product in the 2016 Munch Foods Awards. The awards, now in their fourth year, are run by Munch, an eco-friendly New Zealand company that makes and markets products and offers ideas and recipes online to feed the family. The Munch Food Awards raise awareness about kid’s food marketing and products and allow parents to give players in this industry some feedback. ... more

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Consumer NZ’s Bad Taste Food Awards ’winners’ announced

Consumer NZ has announced the “winners” of its inaugural Bad Taste Food Awards. Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin said the awards were launched to call out food marketers’ claims that represent products as being healthier choices than they really are. Ms Chetwin said the awards received more than 200 nominations from consumers. Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain was a standout among this year’s winners, receiving the most nominations (63). “What ... more

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New Awards will unearth outstanding food & drinks producers

Kiwi producers are being encouraged to enter new awards developed to recognise New Zealand’s outstanding food and drinks producers. The Outstanding New Zealand Food Producer Awards, in partnership with leading lifestyle title NZ Life & Leisure will acknowledge this country’s best producers. Whether people are growing apples, kiwifruit, potatoes or fresh herbs; making chutney or jams; raising sheep or cattle; making sausages smoking meat or practising charcuterie, fishing or ... more

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Award-winning lamb served up to farmers

Award-winning lamb billed as the world’s tastiest and healthiest has been served up to New Zealand farmers after wowing judges at the international Culinary Olympics in Germany. The Omega Lamb Project is bringing healthy fat back onto the world’s menu by producing animals with naturally higher polyunsaturated fatty acids, intramuscular fat and omega-3. New Zealand’s Culinary Olympics team, competing against top chefs from 40 other countries, opted to use the ... more

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Bruce Campbell honoured by Royal Society of New Zealand

Congratulations to Dr Bruce Campbell, Chief Operating Officer of Plant & Food Research, on being awarded the prestigious Thomson Medal for 2016. The Thomson Medal is awarded by the Royal Society of New Zealand to recognise outstanding contributions to science and technology. It was presented to Dr Campbell for his outstanding leadership in both the agricultural and horticultural sciences over 35 years. The medal selection committee noted, “His leadership has had a positive ... more

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